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After the party …

Emily and I have been home for a couple of days since the Route 66 Festival ended in Litchfield, Ill. So I’ve had some time to reflect on our unexpected twin killings. Even when you don’t count our honors, we…

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Jest for fun

The three singers are the 3 J’s, which are “Whispering Joe” Gnaidek, Johnny “Moo Moo” Miller and John Weiss, which formed five minutes before their performance of “Route 66” at the Route 66 Association of Illinois’ Hall of Fame Banquet…

“Culinary zen”

Kevin Sheedy of the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle and his wife, inspired by a recent Food Network episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” went from Wichita to Stroud, Okla. Two Route 66 restaurants — Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs,…

A visit to Gay Parita

We travel the old alignment of Route 66 in west of Springfield, Mo., at least once a year. That stretch of the Mother Road is a joy to drive, but many of the old gas stations have fallen into ruin.…

Scenes from the Route 66 Festival

Here are a few shots I gathered at the Route 66 Festival on Saturday in Litchfield, Ill. More photographs by other bloggers at the festival can be seen here and here. If you know of more, send me an e-mail…

Are high gas prices hurting Route 66 tourism?

The answer seems to be: No. The Pontiac Daily Leader decided to check with the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac to see whether tourism numbers are down from a year ago, when gasoline cost about…

R.I.P., Fillmore

On Sunday night, it was learned the comedian George Carlin died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital. Carlin is best-known for stand-up comedy that was biting and irreverent, yet revealed a love of the English language (even those…

4 Women on the Route gets a surprise

It was quite a weekend for the 4 Women on the Route of Galena, Kan. First, their restaurant and gift shop, in renovated gas station, was named New Business of the Year during the Will Rogers Awards Event on Saturday…

Swa Frantzen wins top Route 66 award

Swa Frantzen (shown above), an Internet pioneer in publicizing Route 66 with his Historic66.com site, won the top honor during the Will Rogers Awards Event on Saturday night during the Route 66 Festival in Litchfield, Ill. The New Business of…

The maker of Round Barn Root Beer

KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City did a feature about Huebert Brewing Co., which makes Round Barn Root Beer for POPS on Route 66 in Arcadia, Okla. The root beer is the top-seller at the business. The root beer is named after…

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